Jan 31, 2013 9:00am EST
talked about. obviously, democrats would prefer a longer suspension of the debt ceiling which will provide additional economic security and stability as we continue to find ways to decrease the deficit. raising the possibility that the united states could default on its obligations every few months is not an ideal way to run government, but a short-term solution is better than another imminent manufactured crisis. every republican admit that default would rock our financial system to its core. however, injecting uncertainty in the system every few months also has a chilling effect on the economy. this insecurity doesn't just affect big investment banks or wealthy investors. it costs jobs. all around the country, ordinary americans with 401-k's and college savings accounts are affected. i'm glad republicans set aside their plan to gamble with default. it was bad politics and even worse policy. middle-class americans remember the last time republicans put us through a protracted fight over the debt ceiling in an effort to force deep cuts to social security, medicare and other programs important to the middle class. middle-class americans, remember how the tea party driven republicans forced the na
Jan 31, 2013 12:00pm EST
any disruption in the event that the debt ceil something not raised immediately -- debt ceil something not raised immediate lid upon the expiration of this period. that's what this amendment is about. my amendment is about minimizing the risk the disruption in any event that the debt ceil something not raised at the time that the time expires. what it does is instructs the treasury detect to prioritize three categories of payment. the presiding officer: time is expired. mr. toomey: let me ask for 30 seconds to simply saddam hussein that this amendment -- to simply explain that this amendment would authorize the treasury to rates debt ceiling as necessary to cover those three categories. i would urge my colleagues to support the amendment. thank you. mr. baucus: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: madam president, i appreciate the intent of the senator from pennsylvania. when you stop and think about this amendment, it reminds us of the movie and the book "hunger games." in "hunger games" you'll recall that children were pitted against each other until one survived.
Jan 31, 2013 5:00pm EST
delay having to debate raising the debt ceiling? >> well, a decision by house republican leaders at their retreat about two weeks ago. they tried in 2011 to use the debt limit as a leverage point of force obama to swallow big spending cuts. it worked, but it was terribly damaging, but the the nation's economy and to their political capital. congressional plummeted to something like 9 percent. and they recognize that this was a bad idea. gambling with the faith and credit of the united states it turns out as a pretty bad idea. we were downgraded for the first time in the nation's history. they did not want to do that again. like us said, they did not want to vote for a bigger national debt either. that does not fit with their philosophy, so they came up with this strategy of saying, okay, we will suspend it. in the meantime, we really want the senate to pass a budget for 2014, and the law also says that if either chamber fails to adopt the budget by april 15th, their paychecks will be docked. so the whole idea of this thing is to a postpone this sort of economy prattling default situ